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Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to raise the minimum to $7.10 an hour. encouraging government dependence. white house correspondent mike viqueria joins us with more. mike, why the speech and why now? >> it's a great question john. first of all the facts that the president and the statistics that the president cited are beyond dispute. there is a growing income disparity in the country. the top 1% has seen their incomes triple, the lower middle class has seen a below 1% grow in real money terms. these are themes that the president has hit time and time again through the course of his presidency. echoing a speech 100 years ago from teddy roosevelt, in a place in osatomony, kansas. he talked about it again in his state of the union. it comes at a time it's undeniable, he's on the political rocks here. out of the unhealthy rollout of healthcare.gov, this is the latest in a series of events given at the center for american progress, a left-leaning think take and it wa
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
is that obamacare is here to stay president obama urged americans to ignore republicans who the president says are routing for the affordable care abilit act to f. >> i have always said i will work with anybody to employment anemployment -- implement and improve this law effectively. >> deffectively. do you have good ideas in. bring them to me and let's go. it's part of a white house strategy to promote healthcare until december 23rd. mike viqueira was there at the president's speech and he joins us to the white house. >> we are not going back, john, that is what president obama said he was talking about the days before the affordable care ability when 41 million americans were uninsured. what the president was trying to do se essentially is saying we e not going back to the last two months. the president's healthcare.gov website where folks go on the individual market place to get insurance has been a disaster. and the president now believes that they have turned -- that is what he was trying to do is get back on offense here. he has nervous democrats and look being ingandlooking at whae gube
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
is growing, but so is the income gap between rich and poor americans. president obama addressed the problem. >> the lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle class america's if you work hard you can get ahead. this is defining of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working american. >> the president did not propose any initiatives during his speech. but he said a rapidly growing of deficit opportunity is a bigger threat than the fiscal. we'll go to danny, professor of economics, great to have you back. >> thank you. >> a pleasure, you heard just a moment ago, america's dangerously growing income is defining the challenge of our time. is the president correct, or is he, as some would say, overstating the income inequality and wealth gap argument with that kind of a statement? >> no, if anything there is an understatement. he's absolutely correct saying that it is a defining problem. and this problem has just--it has been exacerbated by global pressures. it is an issue that the white house--i had an opportunity to attend a summit at the white house by the presiden
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am EST
reform is under the way. it is to encourage sign-ups. president obama urged americans to ignore republicans saying they are rooting for the program to fail. >> i have always said i will work with anybody to implement and improve the law effectively. if you've got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but, we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want to make it clear about that. >> the sign up for deadlines who want medical coverage at the start of next year is december 23rdrd. it is pushing a nonprofit group in nashville to help struggling musicians navigate the side. robert ray has that story. [ ♪ music ] >> look in any direction, on any corner, and there is a singer, is a song writer and mel oddy maker. nashville. where local drummer andy has been playing clubs for 30 years. living gig to gig, with little and sometimes no health insurance. >> they were hard to qualify for, if you had pre-existing conditions, you were out of it. the nature of being a musician is like a roller-coaster ride. >> the music industry has a major economic impact. it's most visible here
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
the sandy hook elementary school shootings. >> the u.s. economy is growing but today president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans is growing, too, and he's calling on washington to address the problem. >> a dangerous and growing inequality of upward mobility that jeopardy disease america's basic bargain, if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead. i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working everyone. >> oonjonathan betz is here wita breakdown. >> the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, we hear it all the time, but what does it mean? last year's median income is $51,000 but that's down from the year before. and it's down if you adjust for inflation. almost all the money being made is going to the very rich. the income of the top 1% of the population grew by close to 51%. money is being made, but only for about 1.5 million people. yet for everyone else, 99% of the pop laying, their salaries have barely moved in four years. less than 1%. the richest are taking home the most since the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00am EST
air. more on the temperatures in a couple of minutes. >> thank you. president obama says the american dream is threatened by a growing gap between the nations rich and poor. at a speech at the center for american progress, president obama said he'd devote the rest of his term to addressing income and equality he calls it the defining challenge of our time. >> the idea that a child may never escape that poverty because she lacks a dicent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should affect all of us. >> it should compel us to action. we are a better country. let me repeat. the combined trends of inceffed inequality pose a fundamental effect. >> republicans were quick to cit size of president's remarks. the income gap is caused by policies claiming that the affordable care act and tougher business regulations encourage company depends on the government. the statistics are telling. from 2009 to 2012 the average engine from the top 1% of earners increased 31%. incomes for the rest of the nation's workers rose by one half of one%. >> thousands of f
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm EST
mentioned. people gather near the white house today to call on president obama to do more to help treat allen gross. the american contractor has been held in a cuban prison for four years. he was there to set up internet service. but cuba says it was part of a blot to undermine its government. he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail. libby casey joins us now, libby, what happened at the vigil that was held today. >> allen gross lives outside of d.c., and he was very involved in the jewish community, and what he had gone down to do was set up internet hubs. he was a sun con track for the u.s. government, the agency for international development. so judy gross, just says that her husband was doing his job and time for the u.s. government to get more active and more involved in bringing him hold. she wants to put a personal face to the story. by now after 2004 years in a cuban prison he has changed. he has lost a lot of weight, he is not the man he used to be, and she is doing everything she can to pressure president obama to get more involved. >> i unction that he made an appea
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm EST
, wants to put a picture and a personality behind the scene. she wants americans and president obama to feel connected to her husband. he was doing this work as a subcontractor, for a u.s. agency, and the work was to set up internet access for the jewish community opinion he had this rally today that was atented by his wife, but also by a large representation of the jewish community. that is pushing for his release. he has lost 100-pounds and he even has more intense problems. >> left to die, by his country. what could be worse than thinking that your government isn't doing anything to bring you home. so what is the white house reaction to allen gross' situation. >> well, the president says he talked about this today, the situation is unacceptable. he demanding the immediate and unconditionallal release. how, jay carney, the president to get more -- the problem is we are having this cold war mentality. things haven't really fallen out with cuba. personally engaged and other international figures to use their influence with cuba, to bro mote the beliefs. at the forefront of discussion
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 2:00am EST
check check >> president obama focussing on income and equality, calling it a threat to the american people. he says the growing gap between the rich and the poor is a defining challenge of our time. mexican authorities recover a truck filled with radioactive material. it was feared the cobalt could be used to make a dirty bomb. >> fast food workers from coast to coast walk off the job in a bid to unionize >> focus is on a school's big fraternity community after an meningit. >> s outbreak. >> president obama in his campaign paused to focus on income disperty in america. in a speech president obama says he'll devote the rest of his term to addressing the widening gap between the rich and poor, calling it the defining challenge of our time. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> the facts are beyond dispute and the president sought to highlight the growing gap between rich and pore, striking a populous thing. he was up to two themes, themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the growing cap between rich and poor, and trying
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
. thank you. and food stamps one of the issues president obama was talking about today. he said the income gap between rich and poor americans keeps growing. during a major speech in washington, income inequality is jeffer dieing the middle class and he wants to make sure that the economy works for everyone. who was this speech directed at. >> reporter: that's a great question. you have look it's a it italy a political spectrum. it was directed to the left. they have been very displeased, disillusioned. look flo further than the last two months, the bunkelled roll out of healthcare.gov . it has not gone well and it's reflecting poorly in the polls. there is an election coming up for every member of the house of representatives. next year there is a third up for grabs in the senate the centecenter for american progres guaranteeing that the president's message will be amplified at the people it's aimed at. a theme that the president has concentrated on throughout the course of his speeches. echoing themes from a hundred years prior that theater roosevelt hit on. he spoke to a number of key
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 5:00am EST
he call with president barack obama. the first time contact was made with an american leader in decades. he uses soak social media to congratulate sports teams. we are hoping to ensure equal opportunity. we have a public relations trainer and consultant who has been to iran for a pr conference. joining us now live, do you think it's what you said and others said at this conference that got the message through to the president that the times are a changing. >> i think it's something that the president was all right -- g if you look at what has been happening over the last few months. there is an increasing presence of his profile. it's aimed at a global audience as opposed to a domestic audience. what happens when people poke fun at someone modernizing when it doesn't suit them. i speak of putin taking his shifshirt off and flexing his p. and everyone says yeah, yeah, yeah fnlt. >> it's easier to poke fun at that if it was not genuine. but the president does genuine i will go hiking and putin is a genuine man of action i think that works better than when political leaders pret
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
injured. the obama administration said they have fixed the let car heae healthcare.gov website. it's cyber monday. millions will be clicking the mouse to grab major deals on the internet. and many americans already shopping on the job. >>> the popularity of locally brewed liquor is growing, and a neal jazeera bisi onile-ere reports. >> reporter: two james spirits at the distillery is a company in the business of making liquor. gin, vodka and whiskey are their specialties. >> that bubbling is just co2. >> reporter: this is the first time liquor has been legally produced in detroit since prohibition nearly a century ago. when state lawmakers aunted the small distillery law in 2008 it opened the door for investment. >> we're bringing back history and getting back to detroit's roots with whiskey. >> reporter: when two james distillery was established the owners considered locations all across the country. they say detroit stood apart from the rest. >> there is an energy within the city with people moving down here, new businesses. i think we put all those factors together it was clear
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
in deadly crash in new yor new yor. four people died, dozens of others were injured. >>> the obama administration says after weeks of problems the healthcare.org website is finally fixed. >>> an estimated 131 million americans will have spent about $2 billion by the end of this cybermonday. that would be a record day for thisdi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
with three sitting american properties. in 2002 george w. bush presented him with the presidential medal of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jackson, and he drew par
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
with healthcare.gov. the obama administration said one in four americans who use the government website to sign up could have errors in their enrolment records. insurance companies are reporting records for enrolment files including name, address and your social security number. heath coverage is supposed to start january the 1st, giving than 30 days to fix the problem. doctors may end up with more patients and simply getting paid less for them. what is that, you mean? fewer doctors to choose from yourself. our resident health care reporter found out why. >> if you liked your during, you can keep your doctor, sos lopping as your doctor -- so long as your doctor keeps you. the new health law has many wondering if they can afford to keep self-insured patients. >> first-time physicians will see patients coming in with health insurance, covered through medicade because the expansion is one of the biggest parts of the insurance expansion in the affordable care act. >> that's a problem. many are covered under the health law. they restrict the number of medicade patients they accept because of low reimb
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
involving 1.3 million americans, on saturday president obama had this to say about the benefits, have a listen, joe. >> now that economic lifeline is in jeopardy. all because republicans in this congress, which is on track to the most unproductive in history have so far refused to extend it. >> reporter: why do republicans want to see the emergency benefits end? >> well, i think republicans like democrats support the idea of making sure that people who lost their jobs have some kind of a fallback, but the question becomes how long. if you extend the unemployment benefits that is longer than currently right now, they are scheduled to expire i think on december 28, part of the challenge you have is weakening the economy and why i say that is because right now if you look at the labor force participation rate, the people looking for work, that has diminished over the last five years and it was 63% so fewer people working. >> right, you are saying that because of the unemployment benefits and yet. >> right. >> reporter: the economy has not reached the point any economist said it's easy
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
handed back to his father. he doesn't forgive his american relatives for trying to keep him in the u.s. and calls for president obama to lift the embargo. >> protesters prepare to take to the streets on monday in thailand. in the past it may have let the military to seize power. veronica pedrosa has more on the choice based on the thai military. >> thailand's military on felt opportunity duty. that parade is part of celebrations for the kings birthday. the military and monarchy, two institutions, both centre stage and behind the scene. now people in bangkok are once again seeing scenes of violence like this. the question being asked: is thailand's military prepared to stage another kout deta, it would be the 12th. the headquarters are surrounded by protesters. the soldiers are staying in their barracks. it could be a transformative moment in thai politics. whatever decision the army takes about what to do next could be the crucial factor. what the military wants is a matter of debate. we spoke to a top security official. he told us some protesters are soldiers. did you say some prote
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
captive, he embraced them. you know i am really struck by number of things -- especially african-americans and nelson mandela. and you can sort of feel it in the words of the president of the united states. s there a sense about the relationship that president obama has said with this man? >> well, i think in the brief time -- and they have only met once. but obviously the resonance between these two men, to the old her statesman, this man who gave up so much for the cause of racial equality, it is almost too obvious to state. itch time you see them over the years, they are prevalent and plentiful, president obama has spoke very reverentially of nelson mandela, quite obviously, an inspiration to this man that occupied the wilding behind us. >> thanks a lot. joining us now is the reverend jesse jackson. he is in birmingham england tonight, and we appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. good to see you, thank you very much. >> yes, sir. >> we have been talking about the parallel lines and apart tide in south africa. what did nelson mandela mean in the civil rights and around the world.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 6:00am EST
. republicans talked about how obamacare is a problem for americans, while democrats focused on the dramatic progress of the website, saying the obama administration hit the big benchmarks it said it would. >> 50,000 people at one time, 800,000 people a day. look, this is going to take sometime before it's up and kicking in full gear. >> 15% of the population didn't have health insurance when this started roughly. we think that number was closer to 10. what they've done is disrupted it for the 85% that had health care and their costs are going up significantly, so we've broken the system to help a few. >> the white house says enrollment jumped from 30% to 80%, but they're still calling it a work in progress. >> you logged on to the website this morning. is it faster, working better? >> yes. i did it back on october 1 when it was very rocky and slow you. noticed immediately that clicking through the pages was very fast. the true test of how well this new and improved healthcare.gov will really come in the next few weeks. there is a december 23 deadline. people need to meet the deadline on dec
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
to researchers and government health officials marking world aids day. >> president obama said $100 million will be redirected to a national institute of health project to fight aids. he also said that starting next month, under the health reform law, h.i.v. positive americans cannot be denied insurance coverage. >> it is decision day for detroit. in a few hours, a federal judge is expected to rule whether the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection. it's the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in u.s. history. we are joined from detroit. this isn't just about detroit's finances, this could hit some long time residents hard, this bankruptcy. >> good morning. yes, that's right. there are a lot of retirees who worked for the city at some point who are on edge this morning. i have talked to legal analysts and they all strongly believe that the judge in this case is going to approve this bankruptcy. is a mentioned, the retirees are on edge and that's because at this point, they have so much to lose. >> bankruptcy is a term that none of us ever wanted to get to this point. >> facing a stagger
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